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Demo­ra and Mora­to­ri­um, De­mure

The Span­ish demo­ra means “de­lay” and comes from the Latin pre­fix de- with mo­ra (“de­lay; hin­der­ance.”)

From the same Latin root, we get two re­lat­ed Eng­lish words: mora­to­ri­um (a mora­to­ri­um, af­ter all, is just an in­def­i­nite de­lay!) and de­mure (some­one who is de­mure or shy just de­lays in show­ing their re­spons­es!).

The m‑r root is vis­i­ble clear­ly in all of these words.


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